12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: South Bend
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
St. Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: South Bend

few
hours
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Diego trip itinerary tool .

South Bend to San Diego is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from South Bend to San Diego, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from South Bend, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

2
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
On the 20th (Thu), examine the collection at The Getty Center, stroll through Will Rogers State Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, then make a trip to Montana Avenue, then wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and finally look for gifts at Hollywood & Highland.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles itinerary planner .

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. While traveling from San Diego, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach

3
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Escape the urban bustle at Glacier Point and North Dome. There's lots more to do: stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, pause for some serene contemplation at Yosemite Valley Chapel, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

To plan Yosemite National Park vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
North Dome ©
North Dome

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery, then immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Carmel trip planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Carmel by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for little chillier days in Carmel, with highs around 68°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Nature

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

1
night
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
On the 26th (Wed), do a tasting at Modus Operandi Cellars, learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, then do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, and finally savor the flavors at Mumm Napa.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read St. Helena attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to St. Helena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, subway, and bus. While traveling from Carmel, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in St. Helena, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Shopping Museums

Side Trips

B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, Mumm Napa
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Mumm Napa ©
Mumm Napa

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Exploratorium and Alcatraz Island. Head to Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplacefor plenty of shopping. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, take a stroll through SoMa, take a leisurely stroll along The Embarcadero, and don't miss a visit to Nob Hill.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip website .

Getting from St. Helena to San Francisco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from St. Helena in June, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are little chillier, around 71°F. On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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